Oscars got you toetally confused?
Keep reading to learn more about Onychomycosis!
What is Onychomycosis?
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection characterized by discoloration and hardening of the toenail. Roughly 3 million cases of Onychomycosis are examined each year, with many people reporting feelings pain and discomfort. Many people affected by Onychomycosis admit to feeling low self-esteem and avoid wearing sandals or exposing their feet to others.
What are symptoms of Onychomycosis?
Symptoms include (but are not limited to):
Discoloration of the toenail
Hardening/Distortion of the Toenail
Discomfort while walking/standing
A buildup of debris under the toenail
Emission of a foul odor
What are the causes?
Onychomycosis results when the toenail is exposed to fungus. Fungi that cause this condition can be found in moist environments (i.e. showers, swimming pools), or can penetrate through minor cuts in the skin.
How can I treat/prevent Onychomycosis?
Here at the Houston Center for Clinical Research, we are conducting a trial that involves treatment using a systemic medication. To qualify, patients must have the infection cover 20%-50% of the big toenail. If you think you qualify for the study or have questions, please call 832-929-6221. You can also visit http://www.houstonclinicalresearch.com/onychomycosis and fill out the survey.
No insurance is required, and you will be compensated for your time and travel should you qualify and decide to participate.
It is advised that people protect their feet while exposing them to environments prone to fungi. Wearing shower shoes and socks that absorb sweat are highly recommended. Other recommended preventative measures include washing your hands and feet on a regular basis, as well as keeping your toenails short and dry.